AN under-threat lido is set to re-open in June next year after receiving a £440,000 government grant.

Saltdean Lido, which has been closed since 2010, plans open at weekends during term time and throughout the week in the summer holidays.

Rebecca Crook, director of the Lido Community Interest Company (CIC), said the cash from the government’s Social Investment Business (SIB) was a “monumental step” towards returning the art-deco site to its former glory.

She said: “Having the ability to actually open the pool and grounds to the public after four years of hard work is great.”

The lido was built in 1937 and has been the centre of the community for decades. In 2010 it closed after falling into disrepair.

The first stage of plans, to focus on the outdoor facilities, were sent to Brighton and Hove City Council last week.

The second stage, to focus on the art deco building, will be submitted once the money needed has been raised.

The council is expected to decide on the first stage plans by December 8 with the building work set to take five months.

The plans will see the pool divider removed, resulting in one big pool as well the installation of new underwater lights.

There will also be a new paddling pool, volleyball court, sand pit and play area.

Portable cabins and temporary beach huts will be installed for changing rooms while money is raised for the main building.

Ms Crook added: “Opening the pool and grounds to the public will massively help build momentum.

“We still have a significant way to go but the funding from SIB will kick start the major refurbishment works to the art deco gem.”

There will be a pop up café, live music and theatre shows. It is estimated 300,000 people will use the lido next summer.

The group has also applied for £4.9million of Heritage Lottery Fund money with a decision due in January. Work on the main building will include a gym, meeting rooms, a café/restaurant and a library.